Surveillance, Disease Reporting, and
Introduction to Surveillance Epidemiology
The Surveillance Epidemiology section works to protect and
promote the health of all Floridians from infectious diseases through
disease surveillance. This involves the collection and analysis of
population level health data; investigation of acute outbreaks; and
education and consultation to county, local, and private health agencies on
The section also provides consultation to county and local health agencies
on diseases requiring public health intervention, collaborates with Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention by weekly reporting of nationally
notifiable diseases, and offers health education opportunities through
lectures, trainings, and publications.
|Areas of Responsibility
An acute disease is defined as a disease or
disorder that lasts a short time, comes on rapidly, and is accompanied by
distinct symptoms. Examples of acute diseases are influenza,
salmonellosis, and hepatitis A. This is in comparison to
chronic diseases with
long durations such as cancer, heart disease, or diabetes.
The Surveillance Epidemiology section is responsible for collection and
management of cases of acute diseases required to be
reported by physicians and laboratories.
These diseases have been deemed as having public health importance and may
require intervention by the state or local health department.
In additional to the reportable diseases, the Surveillance Epidemiology
section monitors several other diseases of public health importance
aureus, and respiratory syncitial virus.
If you are a healthcare professional
or laboratory worker and would like to report a case of disease, please
visit the Reporting Diseases section for more
information. You may also contact your local county health department using
the Contact Information page. If you are unable
to reach your local county health department, if this is a public health
emergency, or if this is outside of regular business hours, please contact
the Bureau of Epidemiology 24/7 at (850) 245-4401.
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